"Nothing else matters until after 17:30"

Preview of the home fixture against 1. FC Heidenheim

Romano Schmid running with the ball, with a Heidenheim player in the background.
SVW are currently two points ahead of Heidenheim (Photo: WERDER.DE).
preliminary report
Friday, 09.02.2024 / 14:00

SV Werder Bremen’s ultimate goal for this weekend is to be able to “kick off the celebrations with a positive result.” On this coming Saturday at 15:30 CET, the Green-Whites will come up against 1. FC Heidenheim, who are currently occupying the spot below them in the table. However, the boys will need to stay focused on the task at hand, despite the fact that the club will be celebrating its 125-year anniversary. “It’s vital that we can still put in a good performance. Nothing else matters until after 17:30,” insisted head coach Ole Werner.

Squad update: Milos Veljkovic (knee problems), Amos Pieper (broken ankle) and Leon Opitz (ruptured ankle ligament) will all miss this weekend’s clash, as well as Mitchell Weiser. Ole Werner explained that it “could go either way” for Leonardo Bittencourt, who was only able to train individually after being ill during the week. After returning from AFCON a few days ago, Naby Keïta will be an option for the squad against Heidenheim.

Goals as an anniversary gift

Ole Werner on the game: “Both teams have been particularly solid at the back and difficult to beat over the past few weeks. We’ll be excepting that to be the case on Saturday. On top of this, Heidenheim constantly create danger with set pieces, which is something that’s difficult to completely eliminate. They’re also good in transition and are always posing a threat, even when there's periods where they have less of the ball.”

Previous encounters: SVW have faced off against FCH on seven occasions. Saturday’s visitors have the edge over the Green-Whites in the head-to-head record between the sides, with three victories to SVW’s two. The teams played each other in the Bundesliga for the first time earlier in the season and Werder will be hoping to exact their revenge following the 4-2 loss in Heidenheim.

Goalfest or bore draw: At least three goals have been scored in six of the seven previous meetings between the Green-Whites and FCH. The only goalless draw between the two sides came in the first leg of the 2019/20 relegation playoff. That being said, the goals won’t necessarily be flying in at the weekend, given that Werder and Heidenheim have looked a lot more defensively solid of late, having conceded two and three goals respectively since returning from the winter break.

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